Reasons to Stay



1. Jobs

Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs.

2. Exports & investment

The EU buys over 50 per cent of UK exports (54 per cent of goods, 40 per cent of services).
Over 300,000 British companies and 74 per cent of British exporters operate in other EU markets.
American and Asian EU firms build factories in Britain because it is in the single market.

3. Trade

The EU negotiates trade agreements with the rest of the world. Outside the EU Britain would have to renegotiate trade deals alone. While the EU is the world’s largest market, a UK outside the EU would not be a high priority for other counties to negotiate a trade deal.

4. Consumer clout

British families enjoy lower mobile phone roaming charges, lower credit card fees, cheaper flights and proper compensation when flights are delayed or cancelled. These sorts of benefits could not be achieved by Britain alone.

5. Clean environment

Through commonly agreed EU standards, national Governments have achieved improvements to the quality of air, rivers and beaches. Good for Britain and good for Britons holidaying or living abroad!

6. Power to curb the multinationals

The EU has taken on multinational giants like Microsoft, Samsung and Toshiba for unfair competition. The UK would not be able to do this alone.

7. Freedom to work and study abroad – and easy travel

1.4 million British people live abroad in the EU. More than 14,500 UK students took part in the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange scheme in 2012-13. Driving licences issued in the UK are valid throughout the EU.

8. Peace and democracy

The EU has helped secure peace among previously warring western European nations. It helped to consolidate democracy in Spain, Portugal, Greece and former Soviet bloc countries and helped preserve peace in the Balkans since the end of the Balkans War. With the UN it now plays a leading role in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and democracy building.

9. Equal pay and non-discrimination

Equal pay for men and women is enshrined in EU law, as are bans on discrimination by age, race or sexual orientation. This benefits Britain and British people who live in other EU countries.

10. Influence in the world

As 28 democracies, and as the world’s biggest market, we are strong when we work together.
Britain is represented in many international organisations in joint EU delegations – giving Britain more influence than it would have alone. The EU has played a major role in climate, world trade and development.

11. Cutting red tape

Common rules for the common market make it unnecessary to have 28 sets of national regulations.

12. Fighting crime

The European Arrest Warrant replaced long extradition procedures and enables the UK to extradite criminals wanted in other EU countries, and bring to justice criminals wanted in the UK who are hiding in other EU countries.

Eurojust helps UK authorities work with other EU countries’ to tackle international organised crime such as drug smuggling, people trafficking and money laundering.

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13. Research funding

The UK is the second largest beneficiary of EU research funds, and the British Government expects future EU research funding to constitute a vital source of income for our world-leading universities and companies.

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  • Nicky Peckham – Why are people all looking for answers from above? You have a brain use it – Look through the information and see who the Losers and who the Gainers are in exiting a group of 28 Nations and 500 million people.

    The danger is that the Devil has a persuasive tongue and a large Bank Balance – Every opinion will be biased in some way or other?

    Civilised & Educated people are developed to use their own brains – Yes listen to the arguments, but don’t expect to be hand the solution to the question – Seek with an open mind, evaluate and test your own arguments.

    I came from a large family – At meal times we discussed extensively on a wide range of subjects. I developed my opinions, by airing and testing my arguments against my siblings – I was the youngest – but by listening I tested and discovered the weakness of my own views and the strength of my family views. Then experience added and tempered my view point.

    Why should it be important what Boris thinks? or a handful of other members of the Cabinet? We must assume that the majority of the Cabinet are all intelligent thinking humans and they far exceed the ‘Outers’.
  • @nikki peckham – i agree 100% this is exactly my point.
    @claire morley – most of your points we dont give two hoots about, the rest would arguably have been put in place anyway and as for any standardisation and legislation a BBC radio podcast today on the Sausage and the EU stated my major concern exactly in that yes we have all this legislation but others in the EU dont adhere to the rules that are agreed.
  • I am really disappointed. I am looking for objective arguments and I don’t believe I will find them anywhere. The list above does not provide the full story. Where are the so what’s? Leaving the EU effects us by….so this means…. I want to know what the alternatives are. I don’t believe most of the points above are unsolveable with a different approach. What has the EU done for us? What are the big benefits that changes our country for the better? What are the future scenarios of being in or out? This is just a list of scare stories yet again. 😕 How are the UK public meant to vote one way or another if we can’t get a clear picture of the facts anywhere? And why should we assume that things like equal pay and climate targets wouldn’t be upheld in this country if we weren’t part of the EU. That is a very negative view on our country! I have always been pro EU but the EU is now out of date and creaking in my opinion and in the last few days I have not heard a compelling enough argument to stay in the EU. If one isn’t being promoted soon I think we will end up with an out vote. The alternative being unknown is not enough of a reason to vote yes. Please provide us with some real evidence and facts so we can become enlightened enough to vote!
  • Claire Morley – You have just made an old man happy – Thank You for your contribution. Now I have a wealth of ammunition In my locker, to use against the ‘Outers’.
    I was appalled to see a recent TV interview involving some members of the younger generation, when asked their views on the EU – They said they were not interested, ‘its got nothing to do with me mate’ was the typical response. I could have wept. I know our press is manipulative in who it selects and the views they projects, but I thought where is that generation of women and men, who stood up for their rights – recognised injustices and strove to make a fairer just world.

    I’m sure they are there, but they must come out of the shadows and express their views.

    I should be interested in your view of the definition of ‘Sovereignty’, now becoming a favourite word it would seem of the ‘Outers’.
  • How about these reasons?…….
    “What did the EU ever do for us?

    In the week when the UK’s five extremist right-wing media billionaires won their battle to waste our time, money and political capital on a EU referendum, I thought it a good time to post the great letter by Simon Sweeney in the Guardian, which he kindly allowed me to reproduce in my book, “The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy has Been Bought”:

    “What did the EU ever do for us?
    Not much, apart from: providing 57% of our trade;
    structural funding to areas hit by industrial decline;
    clean beaches and rivers;
    cleaner air;
    lead free petrol;
    restrictions on landfill dumping;
    a recycling culture;
    cheaper mobile charges;
    cheaper air travel;
    improved consumer protection and food labelling;
    a ban on growth hormones and other harmful food additives;
    better product safety;
    single market competition bringing quality improvements and better industrial performance;
    break up of monopolies;
    Europe-wide patent and copyright protection;
    no paperwork or customs for exports throughout the single market;
    price transparency and removal of commission on currency exchanges across the eurozone;
    freedom to travel, live and work across Europe;
    funded opportunities for young people to undertake study or work placements abroad;
    access to European health services;
    labour protection and enhanced social welfare;
    smoke-free workplaces;
    equal pay legislation;
    holiday entitlement;
    the right not to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime;
    strongest wildlife protection in the world;
    improved animal welfare in food production;
    EU-funded research and industrial collaboration;
    EU representation in international forums;
    bloc EEA negotiation at the WTO;
    EU diplomatic efforts to uphold the nuclear non-proliferation treaty;
    European arrest warrant;
    cross border policing to combat human trafficking, arms and drug smuggling; counter terrorism intelligence;
    European civil and military co-operation in post-conflict zones in Europe and Africa;
    support for democracy and human rights across Europe and beyond;
    investment across Europe contributing to better living standards and educational, social and cultural capital.
    All of this is nothing compared with its greatest achievements: the EU has for 60 years been the foundation of peace between European neighbours after centuries of bloodshed.
    It furthermore assisted the extraordinary political, social and economic transformation of 13 former dictatorships, now EU members, since 1980.
    Now the union faces major challenges brought on by neoliberal economic globalisation, and worsened by its own systemic weaknesses. It is taking measures to overcome these. We in the UK should reflect on whether our net contribution of £7bn out of total government expenditure of £695bn is good value. We must play a full part in enabling the union to be a force for good in a multi-polar global future.

    Simon Sweeney,

    Lecturer in international political economy, University of York"

    Please share – the anti-EU campaign will have the full force of Murdoch’s and the other 4 extremist right-wing media billionaires papers whose agenda is to destroy all our human rights.

    As I wrote in The Prostitute State, over 80% of UK papers are owned by five extremist right wing media billionaires: Rupert Murdoch, (Sun/Times), Barclay Brothers (Telegraph), Richard Desmond (Express) and Lord Rothermere (Daily Mail).

    Murdoch is Australian living in New York, Rothermere lives in France, the Barclay Brothers in the tax havens of Monaco and Guernsey. All of them use tax haven entities to avoid UK taxes.

    So key question is in light of the above list, why have these billionaires for decades tried to destroy the EU’s democratic institutions?

    Together we can take him/them on and beat him/them.

    peace love respect
    Donnachadh x…/…
  • Clare Morely – Well stated
    Mark Rushworth – We could lose more than 11bn in a lost trading opportunities?
    Why don’t you quantify the benefits in leaving? Having read Mr Gove’s arguments I find them unconvincing and puerile, like most politicians utterances – They Speak with Fork Tongues
  • @kenneth goss My biggest issue is no one can provide a clear reason to stay in europe. the points listed above are weak at best.
  • @claire morley we pay in €13.8bn (£10.8bn – guardian stats) a few million paid back to us seems like a weak return on investment.
    Millions of investment into renewable energy, broadband infrastructure and agriculture – creating jobs, sustainable long term energy, improving small and medium business enterprises in rural areas and inner cities. All good reasons to stay in, in my opinion.
  • Do you remember how we fought so hard against those Nasty Europeans who wouldn’t let us into the Common Market? – We deserve to be called ‘Little Britain’, by most of the comments I have read about why we should leave the E C. Their mentality is ‘Small is Great and so Efficient’ So lets break up the ‘Union’ and why not function as even smaller units – Say govern by Counties or Town, Parishes?
    There is a great truth in the saying ‘United we Stand – Divided we Fall’ The Roman and many other Empires found the truth of it.
    No everything isn’t perfect in the E C, but neither will it be outside – That is my view as an eight-four year old passionate Englishman
  • I read this carefully but almost everything said, I found myself thinking “surely we can do that?!”
    I agree with the other posters, there’s no clarity here, no specific statements much less any promises or reassurances. Not sure either way yet but to quote a well-known tv show “I’m out!”
  • Not sure what I have just read .. mumble jumble sorry but we just DON’T believe you anymore. . Let’s have our country back and be BRITISH once again. …
  • @classofninetyseven we should already be billing countries for NHS treatments but we never follow it up as we dont ask for ID when giving treatment. when you go abroad and get treatment they bill you and expect prompt payment.
  • Never read such a load of dribble… Well, I probably have but you catch my drift… 110% agree with @mark Rushworth… My personal favorite was the “Driving licences issued in the UK are valid throughout the EU.”… Like it’s a newly implemented idea… You’ll never guess what: Norwegian, Icelandic and Swiss driving licences are also valid throughout the EU too… and they are… wait, NOT members either. What’s next? If we leave our electrical appliances may stop working when we take them on holiday? There’s gonna be a sudden shortage of those little travel adapters to plug in your hairdryer? Get with the program. To be honest I think how this referendum is being handled really speaks to the complexity to promote our own interests in Europe… Our PM has spent tireless hours wandering around the EU, seeking out a concession for Britain which really can be reversed at any time. And then what? Wait again? The fact of the matter is, in my view, we need ‘a’ way to take control of our migration issues. Being a member of the EEA may not be able to curb people coming to the UK, which I am fine with, but it will give us the means and ability to say “Come here to work, fine. Come here to contribute, fine. BUT you are not a citizen and you are not necessarily entitled to take out of the pot if you have not already put in” EU law does not allow for this “BUT”… OR, here’s a good idea, wouldn’t it be easier to just be able to “bill” our member states for the value of the welfare benefits we hand out… Example, Mr Polski comes to Britiain… Takes up a job and is entitled to our Child Tax Credit and (whatever else)… Why can’t we just pass the value of any benefit paid-out to him directly to Poland to pick up the bill… because that wouldn’t be “fair” would it… And there in lies the answer… there is no “fair” way to do this. Human Migration is a part of all society. The most important thing is that, as a sovereign nation, we should be able to discourage and encourage migration based on our needs… not those of the migrant population.
  • who wrote this DAVID CAMERON…how can this be put on here ..or was it MERKLE who said this… thinks that the brittish public has been lied to for to long..thats it is just the norm…BUT WE DONT BELIEVE YOU ANY MORE ..yes we do have a brain and we can think for our selfs
  • 1. does that mean 1 in 10 people would be instantly out of work? are most of these jobs in the civil service?

    2. We can (and have) existed in the (common) market. im sure no euro skeptics would want to leave that… just not be ruled by Brussels

    3. The UK is technologically advanced and a world leader in finance… our independent pound has maintained this and being out of europe isnt going to affect this. Trade throughout europe is unequal in any case

    4. if countries want revenue from UK tourists then this wouldnt be affected. Thats more about business relationships that being in europe.

    5. yes its good for the UK but being in europe doesnt exclusively mean standards will rise by default. globally its insignificant as the us, india and china are by far the most polluters

    6. its not happening now (look at googles recent tax minimalisation)

    7. this happened before we joined the eu. i see no reason why it wouldnt continue without being a member

    8. turkey to name but one current conflict nevermind countries on europes borders that have become our problem

    9. this isnt happening at present so the eu isnt having the affect you state

    10. we’re a world power in finance, weapons, pharmaceuticals and technology, europe hasnt influenced this

    11. they’re adding red tape by the bucket load

    12. this is hardly compelling

    13. we’re getting paid back a small amount of the money we pay in you mean?
  • Why should we stay as we do not get the same benefits as the eu states
  • nice